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ARM-CM3 LM3S Texas Instruments EK-LM3S6965 GCC

Supported firmware update interfaces

RS232 CAN USB TCP/IP SD-card Modbus RTU
Yes No No Yes Yes No

Development Environment

This demo is targeted towards the Texas Instruments LM3S6965 Ethernet evaluation kit, with 256 kB internal Flash EEPROM and 64 kB internal RAM.

To program the bootloader into the internal flash on the LM3S6965 microcontroller, the LM Flash Programmer utility was used in combination with the In-Circuit Debugger Interface (ICDI), that is available on the board. However, this is not required if you have another means of programming the internal flash.

To build the demo programs you can use the GNU ARM Embedded toolchain.

Toolchain configuration

The demo programs are configured for building with a Makefile. Before attempting to perform a build, update the location of the toolchain binaries (i.e. arm-none-eabi-gcc) in the Makefile. It is set in variable TOOL_PATH. If the toolchain binaries are available on the path, then the TOOL_PATH variable can be left empty.

It is assumed that tools such as GNU make and rm are installed and available on the path. For (Ubuntu) Linux users this can be achieved by running command: sudo apt-get install build-essential. Windows users can install the GNU MCU Eclipse Windows Build Tools.

Building and programming the Bootloader

Before the bootloader can be used, it needs to be built and programmed into the LM3S6965's internal flash memory. The steps in this section only need to be done once.

To build the bootloader, open a command prompt in directory \Target\Demo\ARMCM3_LM3S_EK_LM3S6965_GCC\Boot\ and run the command:

make clean all

The expected output is:

+++ Compiling [hooks.o]
+++ Compiling [main.o]
+++ Compiling [boot.o]
+++ Linking [openblt_ek_lm3s6965.elf]
+++ Build complete [openblt_ek_lm3s6965.bin]

The bootloader program is now ready to be programmed into the internal flash memory of the LM3S6965. Using your favorite programmer, flash the bootloader using one of the following files, depending on what file type your programmer supports:

  • \Target\Demo\ARMCM3_LM3S_EK_LM3S6965_GCC\Boot\bin\openblt_ek_lm3s6965.elf
  • \Target\Demo\ARMCM3_LM3S_EK_LM3S6965_GCC\Boot\bin\openblt_ek_lm3s6965.bin

Building the Demo Program

To build the user program, open a command prompt in directory \Target\Demo\ARMCM3_LM3S_EK_LM3S6965_GCC\Prog\ and run the command:

make clean all

The expected output is:

+++ Compiling [boot.c]
+++ Compiling [main.c]
+++ Linking [demoprog_ek_lm3s6965.elf]
+++ Build complete [demoprog_ek_lm3s6965.srec]

The output file is

  • \Target\Demo\ARMCM3_LM3S_EK_LM3S6965_GCC\Prog\bin\demoprog_ek_lm3s6965.srec

Firmware update procedure

To download the demo program \Target\Demo\ARMCM3_LM3S_EK_LM3S6965_GCC\Prog\bin\demoprog_ek_lm3s6965.srec using the bootloader, follow the instructions in the following links, depending on the communication interface you intend to use:

manual/demos/ek_lm3s6965_gcc.txt · Last modified: 2023/12/04 22:41 by voorburg